Dylan Harris

Dylan Harris

Biography

Dylan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. His work focuses on the stories we tell – and don’t tell – about climate change, paying special attention to issues of equity and justice in areas that are often overlooked or ignored by typical climate justice work. Dylan’s research is interdisciplinary, blending insights from social and physical sciences with arts and humanities to think more creatively and expansively about climate change. His current work focuses on storytelling and climate change in two regions that are seemingly disparate, but interestingly similar: Appalachia and Alaska. Both regions are climatically precarious to varying degrees, economically tied to climate issues, and culturally rich in storytelling traditions. The aim of this work is to make climate change more meaningful and manageable, and less ambiguous, in communities that are ultimately among the most impacted by the rapidly changing climate. His work is often experimental in design and is specifically aimed at creating discernable policy change by engaging across networks and connecting stakeholders from different perspectives, from coal miners to climate scientists. Dylan’s interest in the transformative capacity of storytelling and its relationship to environmental issues spans nearly a decade, during which he has combined his commitment to socially-engaged research with experience as an activist and educator. He has worked closely with both student-led and community-based organizations on environmental issues ranging from soil contamination to divesting from fossil fuels. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and his MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In addition to his work on storytelling, Dylan has worked on projects ranging from glacial melt in Bolivia to climate refugees in Nepal, and he is currently working on projects dealing with energy justice in Appalachia. He has presented his research at national and international conferences and has published his work in a number of peer-reviewed journals and books. In his spare time, he also likes to write and share his own stories.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
2018
Academic Background:
Clark University, PhD
Current Position:
Ph.D candidate
Expertise:
Energy & Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Environmental Policy & Law

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